The AAS Executive Committee is pleased to announce our next free virtual seminar by:

Professor Jason Kovacic

Executive Director, Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute

“Identifying and understanding the most important causal gene for vascular disease”

Thursday 5th November 2020, 1-2pm AEDT
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Jason graduated from The University of Melbourne Medical School in 1994, then undertook residency and cardiology specialty training at St. Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney. He then completed a PhD at the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute. In 2007, he undertook a 2-year postdoctoral fellowship at the National Institutes of Health. In 2009 Jason moved to Mount Sinai where he established a research laboratory with a strong interest in the cellular, molecular and genetic mechanisms underlying cardiovascular disease along with a large clinical practice as an interventional cardiologist. Major career scientific achievements include successful clinical studies of cardiovascular progenitor cell therapy, molecular characterisation of a novel vascular progenitor cell population, unravelling the pathobiology of fibromuscular dysplasia and spontaneous coronary artery dissection, numerous basic and translational studies on the biology and manifestations of atherosclerosis, and pioneering studies on the role of endothelial to mesenchymal transition (EndMT) in adult vascular biology and disease. In 2020 Jason returned to Australia to take on the role of the Executive Director of the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute and is re-establishing his research, focussing on cardiac and vascular diseases. Jason has given over 60 US and other international invited presentations and has received numerous awards. Most notably in 2018 he received 2 distinct awards – one as a clinician and the other as a scientist – the Cullman Family Award for Excellence in Physician Communication, and the Dean’s Healthcare System Team Science Award at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.

All members and friends are encourage to join us for this excellent virtual scientific session. Viewing will be in “listen mode only”. You can participate in the seminars by submitting written questions and comments via the Q&A chat function or ask to unmute and ask question by yourself.

October 26 2020